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Lufkin Boy Gets Flesh-Eating Staph Infection After Swimming in Lake Sam Rayburn

A 3-year old boy was misdiagnosed at first, but a doctor near Houston finally figured out the red splotches on his skin were the result of a flesh-eating staph infection.  He swam with his family at Lake Sam Rayburn at the end of July.

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Road Trip — Five Texas Restaurants Featured on Food Shows

We can eat at the same restaurant every day for ten years and love it, but once it’s been on TV, well then the food tastes even better and we suddenly hear symphonies in our heads when we take a bite.  Call it the Guy Fieri effect.

Here are five Texas restaurants that we should totally try, because they’ve been featured on TV shows.  And one is right here in East Texas.

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Have You Noticed the Ghost Mural in Palestine?

East Texas has its share of hidden treasures, and this is another intriguing link to history that's easy to miss.

Can you spot the ghost mural at this old soda bottling plant?

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Take this 8-Mile Ride on the Most Haunted Road in Texas

East Texas has some great spooky spots, but if you really want to freak yourself out, take this haunted journey on what some say is the scariest road in the entire state. Have you heard what's happening on Bragg Road?

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Two East Texas Cities Are About to Get Slammed With Visitors

Two East Texas cities are gaining attention for having great shops, good hotel prices, and pretty flowers, and that could mean more visitors are on their way to check it all out.

Tyler and Palestine have made a "Best Weekend Getaway" list, and we'll give them some love while we try to figure out why Lufkin and Nacogdoches were left off the list.

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Shortage Alert — Authentic Mexican Restaurants in East Texas

Texas can brag about a lot of things, but not this.  Chicago has the most authentic, non-chain Mexican restaurants per capita, and other big cities in the US rank higher than places like San Antonio and Houston.  So what's the closest place to us, with the most authentic Mexican food?  A three-hour road trip will get you the best empanadas.  

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West Nile is Found in Panola and Van Zandt Counties, and The Woodlands

Biologists have found positive mosquito samples near The Woodlands, and Texas Health and Human Services says we've had positive West Nile activity near Carthage and Canton too.  Here's what we need to know.

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Gas Stations Matter on 4th of July Road Trips

More people than ever before will be hitting the road for this 4th of July weekend, and nobody wants it to be a boring trip. Beef jerky, kolaches, and fountain drinks with that soft round ice can make any trip better, and we feel compelled to give some love to the travel stops that make us happy.

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What East Texas City is Your Hidden Gem?

Several East Texas cities are gaining attention for being cool even though not everyone is aware of how awesome they are.

Lufkin didn't make The 12 Most Underrated Cities in Texas list, but here's why that was a big mistake.

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East Texas Farm Lets You Pick the Blueberries

We're in a prime place to grow blueberries, and the season is peaking right now.  If you're looking for a fun family outing on Father's Day Weekend, take a road trip to this East Texas blueberry farm and come back with a huge bucket full of produce.

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East Texas Has Three of the Top Spots for Mouth-Watering Pie

Who makes the most scrumptious pies, besides your Grandma? We've got three of the best pie restaurants right here in East Texas, and the other locations across Texas might be worthy of a place on your summer road trip list.  

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Free Stuff in East Texas Includes Furniture, Puppies, and Hog Bait

If you search for "free stuff in East Texas," be prepared for what comes back. There are a lot of people giving away things like puppies, recliners, and 2x4's, and if you know where to look you can score stacks of free loot.  Hog bait anyone?

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